Island Earthship Build: Week 3. Day 19. ‘Greywater Trenches and Hanging Off the Roof’

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Friday June 10, on the Gulf Island Earthship Build:

Gulf Island Earthship intern climbing up a tree for re-tarping tents , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeGulf Island Earthship intern up a tree for re-tarping tents  , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

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After ferocious winds during the night, I awoke to the giant tarp over my tent in a state of disrepair. Thank goodness a fellow intern in the next tent didn’t think twice about climbing the trees and helping me and Jenn out, as we were sharing the shelter from the rain, that was sure to come again!

Gulf Island Earthship Interns on their last day , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Jenn and Lowell had to leave this today, I will miss their morning cheer and humor around the breakfast table, it was always a great way to start the day.

Earthship Biotecture's 'Can Queen' working on the Gulf Island build , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

I call this crew member of Earthship Biotecture the ‘Can Queen’, as she can build multiple can walls like nobody’s business.

Cleaning off the bottle ends for light access in the Studio Earthship , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

After plastering and filling in the Glass bottle wall, the ends need to be cleaned to allow the light to shine through clearly.

Studio Earthship inside view of Bottle Wall , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Here in the Studio Earthship, the Glass Bottle wall pattern can be seen from an inside view from the Greenhouse Hallway.

Earthship Glass wall bottles are halfved and taped for better light access , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Cutting glass bottles in half and taping them together makes for a better light tunnel if you place them with the clear side to the outside, or exterior …

Studio Earthship Bottle wall in Greenhouse , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

This way the light and color is transferred more efficiently, and the result is stunning.

EPDM liner for Gulf Island Earthship Grey Water Planter trench , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeEPDM liner secured for Gulf Island Earthship Greywater Planter trench , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Black EPDM is used to line the Greywater Planter trench. You can’t see it here, but due to the sharp Gulf Island rock base, they’re not taking any chances, and put a layer of white plastic vapor barrier beneath for added protection.

EPDM liner is over a vapor barrier in Eathship Greywater Planter trench , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeWrapping the EPDM around the Earthship Greywater planter tubes , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

In the photo on the left, you can see the blue vapor barrier tarp they placed beneath the black EPDM. On the right, small holes are cut so the EPDM can be snugly stretched and fit over the Greywater plumbing.

Surrounding the Earthship Greywater Planter tube with large rocks  , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Large rocks are placed around the ‘Stand Pipe’ in the Greywater planter to stabilize it.

Leveling the perforated water pipe for the Earthship Grey Water planter  , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeMaking sure the Earthship Greywater planter tube is level , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

It’s important to make sure the Stand Pipe stays level.

Perc test for Earthship Greywater planter fill , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeMichael Reynolds observing Perc test for Earthship Greywater planter fill , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

A Water Perc test is done to see how well the water will drain in the Greywater Planter. It may not come across, but believe me Michael Reynolds and his Earthship Biotecture crew were watching with intensity, as the results might mean the entire layer of earth would need to be removed and replaced with a better material.

As it turns out, they removed a portion of the center , and replaced it with gravel to speed up the perc.

Earthship Biotecture crew installing the maze of pipes , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomePlastered Earthship walls are sponged to rough up the surface for the next application , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

In the smaller Studio Earthship, a maze of pipes are going into the ceiling, and plastered tire walls are sponged to roughen up the surface in preparation for the next layer.

Micheal Reynolds doing a new version of Flashing on the front exterior of the Studio Earthship , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeStudio Earthship front flashing with no bevel , for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

On the outside of the Studio Earthship, Michael Reynolds is trying out a new design for Greenhouse Flashing with just a rounded curve, and no traditional bevel.

Gulf Island Earthship volunteer intern's last day on the build, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Today we’re losing a member of our Roofing crew, James aka ‘Maddock’, you’ve seen him in the last few posts, however from the opposite perspective of hanging off the roof to work. We thought this would make a great shot until one of the First Responders on the Island saw it, and after smiling asked us not to do that $!## anymore! We still think it’s a great shot for this lad from New Zealand, who plans to create an Earthship opportunity and community there. We’ll be watching for your build in 2012!

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Image Credits: Monica Holy

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  1. Pingback: 'My Survivor, Island Earthship' Build with Michael Reynolds In BC, Canada, A 5 Week Photo Journal by Monica Holy | Middle Earth Home

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